Harlequins and England scrum-half Danny Care was arrested at 3:30am in Leeds on Saturday night. Care was found urinating in public outside the Queens Hotel in Leeds by a member of the British Transport Police.
The story can be found on the back page of Monday’s issue of the Daily Mail in an exclusive, including a statement from Care where he explains that he was in a taxi which he asked to stop so he could get out and relieve himself. “After an evening out with friends in the centre of Leeds, after a long time queuing, I was in a taxi home when I got caught short and asked the taxi driver to pull over so I could relieve myself behind a nearby building.”
“The British Transport Police found me doing that and took me to the nearest police station where I was released with a caution. I understand the link that will be made to previous offences but, as with my fine in December in Weybridge, the issue is more one of a small bladder than excessive drinking. I am working hard on and off the pitch to overcome my issues and while this is another small setback I will continue to do that.”
Harlequins released the following statement on Monday afternoon:
Harlequins Director of Rugby, Conor O’Shea met with Danny Care this morning to discuss Saturday evening’s events in Leeds. Following the meeting Mr. O’Shea said, “After last Friday evening’s match at Newcastle, our players were given a week off and Danny went to spend a few days with his parents at their home in Leeds.
“On Saturday evening, he went out with some friends in the city and took a taxi home. He was caught short and stopped the taxi to relieve himself. The situation Danny finds himself in is unfortunate and is one that could and should have been avoided. We have no intention of doing anything other than supporting Danny and continuing to work with him so he understands his position and the decisions he makes.”
Danny will continue his role within the club’s inner city Hitz Project and is active in supporting the Prince’s Trust and its work with young people.
Care was previously arrested in December 2011 after an altercation in a bar in Weybridge, before being arrested again in the early hours of New Year’s Day for drink driving. He was fined £3,100 and banned from driving for 16 months.
As this is Care’s third arrest in four months, what action should be taken?